Hundreds converge ancient Nagni Temple on Baisakhi

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Bhadarwah: Despite 2nd wave of Covid-19, hundreds of Nag devotees converged at Ancient Nagni Mata Temple on the eve of Baisakhi , while following all SOPs and Guidelines issued by Government and administration to contain further spread of COVID-19. Beside special prayers were held to get rid of deadly Covid-19.
Nagni Dhar, named after the serpent goddess Nagni Mata, is located in dense forest, 8 Km from Bhadarwah town and traditionally hundreds of devotees converge every year on the eve of Baisakhi to pay obeisance at 800 year-old temple since time immemorial.
Bhadarwah Valley, beside its mundane beauty of snow peak mountains, lush green high altitude meadows and numerous fresh water bodies is also famous for its unique Nag culture and according to local faith Nagni Mata is a major symbol of this ancient culture.
DDC Doda Chairman Dhananter Singh said that after government decision to promote Bhadarwah as a major tourist destination and to give it a practical shape, Bhadarwah Development Authority(BDA) was established, since then people have been demanding that to attract more tourist and to make it a round the year affair, ancient and unique festivals and fairs should be brought under the ambit of pilgrimage tourism.
“Now, I will personally take up the matter with higher authorities and soon we will come up with a project to develop the infrastructure around this ancient temple, so that visiting pilgrims can be felicitated round the year, “Chairman added. Beside members of Nagni Seva Sang, who volunteerly make all the arrangements for visiting devotees, also demanded to promote the ancient Nagni Mata Temple as pilgrimage.